ISLAMABAD – The Interior Ministry has on Wednesday taken a policy decision to review the conditions and requirements for the issuance of business and work visas for the Chinese nationals.

PakistanToday reported via its well-placed sources that the decision to review the visa regime for Chinese visiting Pakistan was taken in wake of the recent abduction and killing of a Chinese couple from Quetta who was found in secret preaching of Christianity.

The decision, taken during a high-level meeting held under the chairmanship of Minister for Interior Affairs Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, would ensure transparency in the visa process and also preclude misuse of a visa-friendly regime that exists between the two countries.

The decision was taken to ensure maximum security of the Chinese nationals visiting Pakistan on various visa categories and to streamline and regulate the entire process of visa issuance to Chinese nationals, a news release said.

“After the incident involving the issuance of visas to around one and a half dozen Chinese nationals who were later found secretly preaching in Quetta in blatant violation of their visa, we have decided to tighten the visa process,” a source in the Interior Ministry said.

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